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  • Manufacturer halts sales of highway guardrails Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    DALLAS— A Texas company is stopping shipments of a common highway-guardrail system and conducting more crash tests after it lost a $175 million jury verdict. Trinity Industries Inc. said Friday that it would stop selling the ET-Plus system until testing is complete. Earlier this week, a jury in federal district court in Marshall, Texas, decided that Trinity...

  • Strikers continue to target FairPoint owners Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:37 PM ET

    WATERVILLE, Maine— A group of striking FairPoint workers is picketing a meeting of Colby College's trustees, saying one of them has the power to force the telephone company to return to the bargaining table. Angelo Gordon is FairPoint's largest single shareholder. They say it's unfair for hedge funds that profit by managing retirement investments to allow...

  • University of Vermont workers approves contract Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    BURLINGTON, Vt.— The union that represents about 350 University of Vermont service workers has ratified a new contract. Employees making less than $15 an hour will face no increased health insurance costs. Union local President David Hamilton said the agreement is one which "we can build on in the future."

  • Groups have concerns with 3 Entergy nukes Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Nuclear watchdog groups said Friday that Entergy Corp. is trying to cut costs at reactors it owns in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York, and may be placing safety in jeopardy as a result. The alliance, Massachusetts- based Pilgrim Watch, and the Citizens Awareness Network, which has affiliates in Massachusetts and Vermont, filed emergency...

  • As regulators work on new so-called "net neutrality" rules, Leahy wrote to chiefs of AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc.. Large ISPs, including Verizon, Comcast and AT&T, have been asserting that they had no plans for such paid prioritization arrangements and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he would not...

  • Food-label measure in Colorado sparks big spending Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:11 AM ET

    DENVER— Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses. But farmers and agriculture groups are just bit players in the $11 million campaign to defeat Proposition 105. The real money is coming from...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- U.S. stocks turned lower in afternoon trading on Wednesday, with major indexes erasing earlier gains as a shooting at the Canadian parliament unnerved investors and Boeing and Biogen sold off following results. Market benchmarks began drifting lower in late morning after a gunman fatally wounded a soldier in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, and...

  • A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. The size of a Republican majority would determine committee ratios and budgets; more seats in the Senate translate into a greater advantage on the panels. "If we lose the Senate, for one thing, the way this Senate's been operating, they could end up blocking all my...

  • FairPoint accuses striking workers of intimidation Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    A nor'easter that arrived Tuesday could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with driving rain and strong wind gusts possibly causing service disruptions as more than 1,700 workers remain on strike. Charlotte, North Carolina- based FairPoint Communications Inc., which...

  • GlobalFoundries: No layoffs in IBM chip units Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— GlobalFoundries' chief executive said Monday the chip manufacturer plans no shutdowns or layoffs at the IBM semiconductor factories in New York's Hudson Valley and Vermont that it is acquiring. CEO Sanjay Jha told reporters on a conference call that GlobalFoundries will welcome about 5,000 IBM employees, including "800 of the best technologists...

  • Oct 20- IBM Corp said it would hive off its loss-making semiconductor unit to contract-chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc to focus on cloud computing and big data analytics. IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take the chip operations off its hands, the companies said in a statement on Monday. IBM took a related pre-tax...

  • Utility to pay $109K for turbine noise monitoring Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:58 AM ET

    LOWELL, Vt.— The Vermont Public Service Board has ordered Green Mountain Power to pay to continuously monitor turbine noise at the Lowell wind project as part of a penalty for noise violations last year. The state had been in talks with Green Mountain Power and opponents over how to continuously monitor sounds from some of the 21 turbines. The board says the...

  • IBM plant sold, stays in Vermont Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    BURLINGTON, Vt.— The plan by IBM to pay a company to take over its microelectronics operation, including its plant in Essex Junction, is good news for Vermont because the company that hopes to buy it is a leader in the computer chip manufacturing industry, Gov. The deal, announced Monday, ends months of uncertainty about the future of the IBM plant, one of Vermont's...

  • New England raking in millions from leaf peepers Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. "We wanted to get out in the fresh air and see the colors while it's still warm," said Christopher LeBeau, who drove from Connecticut to hike Mount Monadnock. Lingering warm weather is causing leaves to stay on the trees longer in New England.

  • Oct 17- Opponents of GMO food labeling proposals on the ballot next month in Oregon and Colorado have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, nearly triple the money raised by supporters of the initiatives, campaign finance reports show. Voters in Colorado and Oregon weigh in on the issue in mid-term election voting on Nov. 6.

  • Vermont Yankee: Shutdown to cost $1.24 billion Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 9:51 AM ET

    Bill Mohl, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities, a subsidiary of Vermont Yankee owner Entergy Corp., said the tally is based on federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules allowing a reactor owner to mothball the plant for up to 60 years to allow radioactive components to become less so and to allow the fund to grow. But Mohl also said Entergy hopes not to...

  • More than 1,700 FairPoint workers go on strike Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Frustrated over a negotiating stalemate, more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike Friday, with picket-wielding employees demanding that the telecommunications company return to the bargaining table. But striking workers who staff call centers and maintain the region's...

  • Unions to go on strike against FairPoint Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:37 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Two unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont announced they were going on strike early Friday after a failed attempt hours earlier to re-engage the company in negotiations. The unions have offered "significant concessions" but the company wasn't interested, said Peter...

  • Artisanal ciders give growers a new revenue stream Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 2:01 AM ET

    "We're planting a lot of new trees so we can meet the demand for cider," said Dan Wilson, owner of Hicks Orchard and Slyboro Ciderhouse on the Vermont border in Granville. Slyboro is among 10 craft producers who banded together to form the Hudson Valley Cider Alliance to establish hard cider and apple spirits as signature products of the region.

  • Some of Vermont's draft GMO labeling rules Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 6:23 PM ET

    Some of the proposed rules to govern the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms, as proposed by the Vermont attorney general's office:. — "Clear and conspicuous" means presented in such a manner, given its font, size, color, contrast and proximity to other disclosures on the shelf, bin or package as to be readily noticed and understood by consumers.